Important Online Sources

The Ancient World Online drew attention to recent open access publications from the Center for Hellenic Studies. These include Albert Lord's classic The Singer of Tales and Averil Cameron's Dialoguing in Late Antiquity. I haven't figured out how to actually access them yet, but hopefully will soon. See also Brice Jones' blog post and Paul [Read More...]

Problematic Papyri

Brice Jones has brought to light some disturbing news about the alleged first century fragment of the Gospel of Mark that we’ve been waiting to hear more about after tantalizing references to it were made some years ago. It seems to be connected not just with the Green Collection but also with Josh McDowell. Given [Read More...]

Jesus the Widower

In discussions of whether Jesus was married, two main options are usually considered. One is that Jesus had never married. But in that case, it is objected, Jesus was rather unusual, and so it is surprising that this is never explicitly explained or mentioned. The other is that Jesus was married. But in that case, [Read More...]

50 Ways to Leave Jesus’ Wife

The title is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw that Peter Kirby had a round-up of 50 blogs abuzz about the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife fragment. I’m grateful that my previous round-up was one of the ones he chose to include. Among recent scholarly posts, see those by Brice [Read More...]

Jesus’ Wife is Really Old

Via Jim Davila I learned that Harvard Magazine has an article which explains why announcing the results of the scientific dating of the fragment known as the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife took so long, and what the outcome is at the end of that process. Larry Hurtado also mentioned the breaking news, with links to [Read More...]

Jesus’ Wife Comes Out!

I tried to think of an amusingly sensational headline for what is a legitimately important piece of news. As Josh Mann and Larry Hurtado have both pointed out, it looks like we will soon see the long-awaited publication of the results of the tests on the papyrus fragment known as “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”   [Read more...]

The Oldest Christian Hymn with Music

There may be older Christian hymns, but the oldest hymn accompanied with musical notation is surely the fragmentary one found at Oxyrhynchus: The Ancient Peoples blog provided a transcription and translation of the text: [?πρ]υτανηω σιγατω μηδ᾽ αστρα φαεσφορα λ[ειπ]ε [σ]θον[.].λει[…]ρ[…]ποταμων ροθιων πασαι υμνουν των δ᾽ ημων [π]ατερα Χ᾽ υιον Χ᾽ αγιον πνευμα πασαι δυναμεις [Read More...]

Myths of Mary and the Married Jesus

Here is a video of the recent Cadbury Lecture delivered by Mark Goodacre at the University of Birmingham: [Read more...]

Jesus’ Wife Spotted With Anthony Le Donne in California

Anthony Le Donne asked me to share this announcement about an upcoming speaking event of his: The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: A Discussion of a Recent Biblical Controversy Nov 12, 2012 Dan Brown's 2008 novel “The Da Vinci Code” had a controversial premise – that Christian savior Jesus married and had children. The fictional book [Read More...]

Will the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife be Buried in the Talpiot Tomb?

David Meadows offered some more nails for the ossuary in which many are confident that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife will be buried, and Sightings has an article entitled “The Swift Rise and Apparent Demise of ‘Jesus’ Wife’.” As we await the test results on the ink on the papyrus fragment that made news headlines [Read More...]

What has Jesus’ Wife to do with Christopher Rollston?

Having referred in my previous post on this subject to an “obituary” for (the Gospel of) Jesus’ Wife, I am running out of possible humorous references. I can still offer a further update at some point that utilizes the Dead Parrot Sketch, once it becomes absolutely clear whether the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is nailed [Read More...]


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